1. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENQUIRY.
Get Out Of My Dreams Get Under My Car contains 14 home recordings began by Cookie Brooklyn 1996-99. After a period of intense relaxation, the record was completed by Brooklyn 2006-09 using a series of creative obfuscations; the now legendary ‘Obscene Strategies and FAQS’.
Obscene Strategy # 4
Rub a tom-tit. Rub a tit. Compare.
Unfortunately the decision to release these recordings proved to be a good deal more fraught, confused as Brooklyn was by self-doubt and his own perverse strategies. After a year of obfuscation - and in a fit of pique throwing the cards on the floor - Brooklyn was finally persuaded by a litany of musical friends to seek the assistance of a clinician.
The encounter with Meredith McCarthy, Dip. Clinical Hypnotherapy & Counselling is documented here, on the intriguing title track Get Out Of My Dreams Get Under My Car. Recorded at Ms McCarthy’s office at The Sattwic Counselling Centre, 27 Dudley St, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, we hear Brooklyn and McCarthy agree to attempt a treatment via the medium of hypnosis.
Working under an initial aegis of past-life regression, Ms McCarthy leads Brooklyn to his creative well, only to come face to face with the mirror;
CB: “It’s just a featureless reflection of me... it’s just black”
MM: “But you know it’s you?”
Sensing the possibility of genuine progress with the subject, McCarthy cleverly locates the exchange in that most benign of spaces – the common garden – whilst suggesting that the next step is Brooklyn’s.
MM: “Where do you see yourself in the garden now? What do you feel you need to do next - Do you need to move on?”
2. INTERLUDE: GERMAN WITH TEARS
Cookie took a step closer to Alice and made a date for Friday night, checkmating. Rudy was furious at losing to Margaret so easily and dumped the board on the rose-colored quilt, stomping downstairs.
MM: “You’ll see your name on the spine and you’ll recognise it as yours.”
With the agreement of both parties, the treatment was terminated after one session. The encounter was considered successful and Brooklyn handed McCarthy the agreed fee, which they both agreed was a fair fee. While McCarthy expressed some concern about Cookie Brooklyn’s incorrect self-diagnosis of himself as an embodiment of pataphysical hyper-reality (claiming to be dining later that evening not in Lower Hutt but somewhere in Harlem, New York in the company of a fictitious crumb-covered cartoon character and the Buzzcock’s Pete Shelley singing his hit single ‘Why Can’t I Touch It/Delicious Biscuit?’), credit has to be given to the physician for strengthening the creative muse, or, as the layperson would have it, laughing at his jokes.
5. CLOSING ENCOUNTERS
MM: “What do you notice around you?”
CB: “Well, I’m holding the album.”
MM: What’s your initial feeling when you hold this?
CB: Ah... I’m starting to get a bad feeling about this.
1. I'd have loved to have written IDIOT WIND.
2. My emotions color my judgement.
3. Thank you.
4. I have never been in Palermo long enough to move beyond the beauty of the crypt.
5. From the bottom of my heart thank you.
6. These days I enjoy playing with electronics guys who are into processing.
7. Funny stories are for another place I think.
8. I have a Tai Chi training brother in Poland. He does a jazz show on radio.
9. I do cover other peoples songs live in medleys.
10. I did not want to see it.
11. No, the word processor has not hurt sales.
12. I can’t really tell you that... I don’t sleep much though and when I’m up I write or do forms.